Hurricane Irma caused sizable damage in Naples, drone footage shows

Florida officials expected much worse.

ByMEGHAN KENEALLY
September 10, 2017, 10:54 PM

— -- Drone footage shows the extent of the damage that Naples, Florida, sustained from Hurricane Irma on Sunday.

The storm hit the city, on Florida's west coast, around 5 p.m., and parts of it are facing significant flooding.

Some houses have significant roof damage or flooding on the ground floor.

As bad as the destruction looks, city officials were expecting far worse.

PHOTO: Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Brian Emfinger/LSM

Mayor Bill Barnett told reporters there was "minimal structural damage" in Naples.

PHOTO: Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Brian Emfinger/LSM

"We have dodged a bullet with the storm's track," Dan Summers, the director of emergency services for Collier County, which includes Naples, said this evening.

He added that the storm surge is moving in, accounting for some of the flooding, but it was not as bad as officials anticipated.

PHOTO: Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Images captured by a drone show damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma making landfall in Naples, Fla., Sept. 10, 2017.
Brian Emfinger/LSM

The city's water distribution lines have been broken, so officials are telling residents as a precaution to boil the water that comes out of their taps.

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